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Chick peeps translation?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MontanaDolphin, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. MontanaDolphin

    MontanaDolphin Songster

    Feb 16, 2013
    Columbia, Virginia
    Do chicks have a language? I mean, do their different peeps and sounds mean different things? I'm sure they do...so what I'm asking, I guess, is if anyone knows or can point me to a website about translating a chick's peeps and sounds? My chicks have so many different peeps and noises they make, I'm trying to figure out what each of them means. For instance, I KNOW when they are playing the grab and chase game, even if I can't see them...by the peeps, more like the volume and frequency of the peeps. I also know when one specific chick is distressed somewhat...at least, that's my understanding. When I take Athena out for some baby chick mommy human time, there is one chick who cheeps REALLY loud, and the cheep is drawn out with a few seconds in between each cheep. As soon as I return Athena to the brooder, the chick making the noise stops.
    Then there's another sound they make...I can only say it's kinda like cooing I guess? It sounds like a purr from a cat, only with the cheep-like tone to it. Have no idea what they make that sound for.

    Anyway, if anyone knows how I can "translate" the peeps chirps and noises, I'd be very thankful!

  2. saellis

    saellis Chirping

    Nov 30, 2012
    FEMA Region VIII
    My Coop
    Chicken vocalisations are probably too complex to translate but I'll offer some anecdotal evidence that it is a type of language. When I brought my new chicks home, I was trying to encourage them to drink so I dipped my finger in the waterer and touched it to the beak of one of the chicks nearby. The chick made a peep and immediately the other 5 chicks scattered throughout the brooder ran over to that chick and went to the waterer to drink. Several hours later I introduced a chick to the feeder and the same thing happened. I'm positive that the one chick was communicating to the others about the location of food and water.
  3. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

    Mar 20, 2012
    If they peep really loudly and insistently, they probably are too hot or cold, hungry, thirsty, or want treats. A quieter, energetic peeping means they're excited and happy.
  4. missnu01

    missnu01 Songster

    Nov 16, 2012
    Mine tweet almost like songbirds sometimes...just a little tweedle eedle eep. I love it.
  5. MontanaDolphin

    MontanaDolphin Songster

    Feb 16, 2013
    Columbia, Virginia
    I'm gonna have to make a video of all their sounds...maybe that will help me hehe :p

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